The results of the US Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2012 readers’ survey have just been announced, and for the second consecutive year Singita Grumetihas been rated best hotel in the world in the Top 100 Hotels Overall category. But it doesn’t end there. Singita Kruger National Park, including Lebombo and Sweni lodges, has moved up to take seventh position in the top 10. To round it off Singita Sabi Sand rated 10th giving a prominent Singita presence in the highly contested top 10 line-up this year.

Singita Grumeti – Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotel Overall (Singita Sabora Tented Camp)

Singita Grumeti – Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotel Overall (Singita Faru Faru Lodge)

Singita Grumeti – Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotel Overall (Singita Sasakwa Lodge)


Singita Grumeti – Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotel Overall (Singita Explore)

We are thrilled and honoured especially considering that Singita is a relatively small company that started with a humble beginning 19 years ago with a single lodge – Singita Ebony.  Built on a tract of family owned land in what is now the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Singita’s vision was to share a unique part of Africa in a manner which was highly respectful of the natural environment but at the same time introducing a new style of luxury-safari.  By the end of this year we’ll be operating a total of 12 lodges in five destinations in three countries.

Singita Kruger National Park – Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best No.7 Overall (Singita Lebombo Lodge)


Singita Kruger National Park – Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best No.7 Overall (Singita Sweni Lodge)

‘People feel privileged to stay in unpopulated, untouched wilderness areas and they choose to stay with us because our lodges have a reputation for being rare and authentic, while embodying a philosophy of sensitivity,’ comments Singita’s CEO and Founder, Luke Bailes. Singita offers something personal that resonates with today’s discerning, environmentally enlightened traveller who is seeking out meaningful, life-changing experiences.

Singita Sabi Sand – Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best No.10 Overall (Singita Ebony Lodge)


Singita Sabi Sand – Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best No.10 Overall (Singita Boulders Lodge)

Today Singita is responsible for over half a million acres of land in Africa and has initiated numerous successful community development projects that are making a tangible difference to the lives of the many people living and working in and around its lodges.

Warmest thanks to friends and Travel + Leisure readers for recognizing our efforts.  We look forward to building a legacy with you to ensure that nature and pristine wilderness are forever.


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